Monday, 5 May 2014

Nankhatai are very famous in north India. They are tea time cookies made with a combination of different flours, ghee, sugar, dry fruits and different flavour. Though i was introduced to it when my marriage was fixed and my mother in law brought it to our place whenever she visited. That was the time when our house was full of these cookies as we could hardly finish one batch and the other fresh stock was ready. After marriage it was only me who was enjoying it through every bite and my husband just use to watch me. He dint ate it as he was allergic to Besan (gram flour), i felt bad but now when i started baking i wanted to come up with a recipe which both of us can enjoy together. So this recipe was there in the manual which i got along with my oven and it came quite well. Now he was asking for more when it was already finished in two days. Cookies doesn't last for long in my house. If they are well baked, then they just disappear in a day or two.
These nankhatai's were made using all purpose flour with rich desi ghee and powder sugar, for the flavour cardamom powder and nutmeg powder was used and there aroma was lingering all around the house which made it difficult to wait till they were baked. I just kept popping my self impatiently in and out of the kitchen just to see whether they were done or not.


Lets see the ingredients used:-  
  1. All purpose flour 1 1/2 cup
  2. Powdered sugar 3/4 cup
  3. Ghee melted 1/2+1/8 cup
  4. Cardamom or nutmeg 1/8 tsp(optional) 

Grease the baking tray and keep aside. Then mix all the ingredients to form a soft dough.

Then divide the dough into equal portions and shape into balls. Placing them on the tray at a little distance apart from each other.

Bake for about 15-20 mins or till they turn out golden brown. After they are done cool them on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Serve them as a tea time snack and enjoy these sweet little moments with your family.  



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